Chapman Taylor unveils central park design for Jeddah Airport city

By Arya M Nair, Intern Reporter
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Chapman Taylor, a UK-based global architect and master-planner, has unveiled the design for the 9.3-hectare Central Park project at the proposed Airport City in Jeddah.

Airport City, which is due to start construction by the end of the year, will be a world-class multi-use complex next to King Abdulaziz International Airport’s new terminal and an emerging destination for visitors across Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

The architecture company is working with US-based Prime AE as a primary consultant and project manager to design this transportation-oriented urban development for SARH Airport Development and Real Estate Investment. 

According to Chapman Taylor, the 1.91 million square meter GBA master-plan for Airport City provides a new multi-use community idea to the region, providing a dynamic lifestyle and family entertainment venue while also creating diversified tourism and business opportunities.

Central Park is designed to be a magnificent botanical garden that combines stunning landscape with cultural, family-friendly activities, shopping, and dining. A discovery pavilion, a sensorial pavilion, a science pavilion, and a children pavilion will be among the park’s 18,000 sqm of gross leasable area, which will also feature an art park, a children’s park, and a floating food village.

The park is located in the core of the Airport City project, near the commercial district, hotels, serviced apartments, and exhibition and conference facilities, according to Chapman Taylor. The space will serve as a vibrant link between the masterplan’s central spine, the lifestyle center, the high-speed train station and the new airport terminal.

The project creates a new hub gateway to Jeddah and beyond at the strategically important meeting point of the airport, high-speed railway station and the motorway junction between central Jeddah and the Northern Expansion Zone. Green spaces and water features are provided throughout the development, along with public squares, a village street, a family promenade and other beautifully landscaped areas.

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